The press launch for the new Theatre festival is tonight, but the web site is already up and running, and lists all the events that will no doubt delight/ dazzle you in the coming months (fingers crossed anyway)! The Festival runs from the 26th of September to the 13th of October and hopefully will live up to previous years, as the bar has been set dangerously high.
There’s a full list of events, and it’s the usual mixed bag of established companies and others you’ve probably never heard of, but that’s the best part of it, as the international shows are often the ones that should be investigated! Out of the Irish productions, Rough Magic are back with a production of Sheridan’s ‘The Critic’ (image above) in which the audience to follow the cast around Temple Bar, ‘Desire Under the Elms’ is from Fishamble, and the Gate and Abbey have new productions also.
If the rules of previous theatre festival continue as normal, then the Gaiety and O’Reilly hall should play home to the large international productions, the quirky end of the spectrum should be covered by the Project Arts Centre, Smock Alley and the Beckett Theatre, and the Abbey and Gate will continue as normal.
We’ll do a full preview later on, but here are some of the headline events:
The Gaiety – Waiting for Godot (Gare St Lazare Players Ireland and Dublin Theatre Festival), Wunderkammer (Circa).
The Abbey – The Hanging Gardens & The Events (Actors Touring Company)
The Gate has The Threepenny Opera (by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill)
Project Arts Centre –
Germinal (Antoine Defoort and Halory Goerger), “A feast for language lovers… They have more than earned the thunderous applause afterwards” cobra.be
Neutral Hero – (New York City Players, USA)
Dusk Ahead: junk ensemble – Dance theatre that “have guts and ingenuity” The Irish Times
riverrun – (TheEmergencyRoom and Galway Arts Festival) “Olwen Fouéré achieves a pure theatricality that is rare indeed.” Fintan O’Toole
OReilly Theatre – The Rape of Lucrece (Royal Shakespeare Company) – with Camille O’Sullivan
Smock Alley is home to ‘Desire Under the Elms’ by The Corn Exchange as well as a variety of other smaller shows.
Tom and Vera (Desperate Optimists and Dublin Theatre Festival),
Ground and Floor (chelfitsch) – “Mr. Okada…is celebrated as a chronicler of Japan’s ‘Generation Y”